From a Black Hat to a Black Suit - How to Climb the Corporate Security Ladder Without Losing Your Soul

Presented at The Last HOPE (2008), July 18, 2008, 1 p.m. (60 minutes)

You want it all. You can see the brass ring and you want to jump for it. But you're scared. You don't want to put on a suit and watch your soul shrivel like the spot price on RAM. There is another way. In this session, you will learn: why you want to do this to yourself, how to get the first job (which will suck), how to turn the first job into the next job (while still having fun), how to get the top job (sooner than you thought you could), and how to do it all without feeling like a corporate whore. You want to hack the planet? You've got to start somewhere.


  • James Arlen / Myrcurial as Myrcurial
    Myrcurial is now a chief information security officer at a mid-market publicly traded financial institution after working as an accounting and audit technician, general manager of an ISP, Information Security consultant, and Information Security coordinator at a power utility. His areas of interest include organizational change, social engineering, blinky lights, and shiny things. He has a recurring column on Liquidmatrix Security Digest. Myrcurial is wondering if his employer is watching.